James Comey, fired FBI director, said in his pre-released remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he wasn’t investigating President Donald Trump.
Bam. Did you pick that up?
Comey admitted he was not investigating Trump. And that’s as good as saying that the left’s whole argument that Trump fired Comey to save his own White House skin is little more than a witch hunt.
It’s like the left’s biggest fake news item of the year crumbled.
How else to interpret it?
Look, even NBC News led with the shocking admission:
“Fired FBI Director James Comey said in prepared testimony that he told President Trump he was not personally under investigation, and that Trump pressured him to say so publicly to lift the “cloud” on his presidency.
“In testimony released Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee ahead of his appearance Thursday, Comey also confirmed an earlier news report that Trump pressured him into dropping the FBI investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, pressure Comey considered inappropriate.
“The testimony was released at Comey’s request, according to committee chair Richard Burr, R.-N.C.”
This is rather astonishing, given the entire Democratic Party has spun the notion that Comey had been investigating Trump for various un-executive office-like actions — illegal actions, illegal statements, illegal attempts at collusion — and it was that investigation that led Trump to fire him.
The White House has repeatedly denied that line of thought.
But the media and the left?
They kept up the mantra just the same.
Again, from NBC:
“‘I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December,’ Comey wrote. ‘I did not understand the president to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign… Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI’s role as an independent investigative agency.’
“Comey said he and his aides at the FBI decided not to report the conversation to the Justice Department.
“‘After discussing the matter, we decided to keep it very closely held, resolving to figure out what to do with it down the road as our investigation progressed,’ he wrote.
“Comey said he did tell Trump on Jan. 6 that the president was not personally under investigation. When the president asked Comey on March 30 to spread the word that he was not under investigation, Comey said he decided not to tell Trump that the FBI didn’t want to make that statement public. In part, he said, that is because such a statement would have to be publicly corrected if Trump did come under investigation.
“Nonetheless, Trump’s outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz, said the president took Comey’s Jan. 6 statement as a vindication.
“‘The President is pleased that Mr. Comey has finally publicly confirmed his private reports that the President was not under investigation in any Russian probe,’ Kasowitz said in a statement. ‘The President feels completely and totally vindicated. He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda.’”
Comey’s testimony is set for Thursday — and all eyes are on Washington, D.C., for the fireworks.
Article posted with permission from Pamela Geller